I like to think the picture of Roswell is a directive to "pack your cat".
Hahaa. I thought that too.
Wow. Not to be all Spock, but that was fascinating.
Have you used any of the iPhone/iPad model release apps?
Also, I do get really frustrated when I get on the plane and I'm sitting toward the front, and all the people who sit in the back have taken up the front overhead compartments with their bags, and the flight attendants have to dig around for a space for my bag, and then I have to wait until everyone has deplaned to go to the back of the plane to get my bag. This especially happens when I have to rush to another gate to get on a connecting flight. NB: I have terrible travel karma.
i have "iRelease" on my iphone & ipad & i have used it a couple of times, but the release that's on there is really ... daunting? it sounds like you're ripping people off, so i only use it if i'm completely out of other forms. i like something that sounds a lot friendlier.
I have a couple things to add for international travel:
When something goes wrong with your iPhone and you're traveling in Europe, you'll realize that everyone and their brother has an iPhone or other iProduct and will be able to direct you to an electronics store or let you borrow their charger. Also, if you go to little convenience stores, you'll realize that you can get a very functional charger with a wall mount for a few euros/pounds. When you get back the the US, prices on iAccessories will seem barbaric.
Don't tell customs you don't have checked baggage. It looks suspicious on an international flight, and they might detain you. If someone in customs tries to direct you to baggage claim, smile and nod and go there, chances are it will be close to arrivals pick-up, anyways. (I had to answer questions for about 10 minutes coming back from Britain because I said "Oh, I don't have checked luggage. I have everything I need right here!")
Even lugging a heavy carry-on through multiple airports, subways, taxis, buses, cafes with baggage checks for backpackers, and hotel and hostel hallways is annoying. Whatever you think is the bare minimum when you're packing will still be a burden when you have to carry it around.
2013-09-07 10:07 pm (UTC)
Kyle Cassidy: The Blog Post on Packing
Yes, but how do you get Roswell by the TSA, since he so clearly gets packed... :D
How do you get Roswell to compress into the travel cube? Or do you carry her in one of the pockets in your vest?
i strap a couple of travel cubes to her sides like saddlebags and she walks along with me.
Very awesome. Functional AND Roswell pics.
While I think this is generally an awesome post, I also think there are some assumptions here due to your age and good health.
I can't, as in, it would never work, travel with just a carry-on and a personal item. I have thirteen different medications that have to come with me, in their original packaging especially internationally. Once you put thirteen pill bottles and boxes of varying sizes into a standard carry-on, you soon find that there's precious little room to fit anything else. And there are people who have it worse than me: my father has to travel with a nebulizer, or he'll have trouble breathing.
Also, backpacking clothing isn't an option for everyone; it only goes up to a certain size, and woe to you, if you're a plus-size woman who falls just beyond that size. =) So at that point, you're stuck with the bulkier, non-fast drying clothing, purely because going naked is the other option.
Edited at 2013-09-07 11:24 pm (UTC)
Good point. Or if you are simply going someplace that's cold enough you may want more than one sweater (to again avoid that limited-wardrobe-effect) or if you are expecting to go to at least one nice place where you will want to dress up a little, you may have to tweak this considerably. To help with this, when my husband and I go to London in mid-to-late October, we are staying in a house rather than a hotel, and I made sure I checked off that I wanted a house with a washer and dryer, which we got.* This means I can pack a couple of pairs of polyester slacks and tights (for layering, giving me more warmth) that can be rewashed while we're there, so I don't need to pack as many. These will be comfy for sightseeing during the day, along with a sweater and a wool coat that I will wear onto the plane, to save packing space. (I've done this--you take off the coat at sit on it on the plane. This is totally doable and you can still fasten the seatbelt. And just for a trans-Atlantic flight, the wool coat won't wrinkle.)
I'll also wear a pair of boots onto the plane and pack a pair of less-space-consuming shoes (something flat and comfy for massive amounts of walking), as well as skirts I'll wear with the boots when I want to go to a dressy restaurant. (Plus a dressier, thinner sweater that won't take up a lot of space. The wool coat over this will keep me toasty.) And the sweaters I'll be taking will all be machine-washable--nothing requiring dry-cleaning.
The challenge will be selecting clothes that have pockets, since a lot of women's clothes don't. I've heard that it's best to be really careful about your stuff when in London at any place that's considered "touristy". They're magnets for purse-snatchers and pickpockets, and I don't want to deal with the chaos of a stolen credit card (or more) while in a different country! And, obviously, because we're going to London in October, I'm going to need to take an umbrella. Some things are non-negotiable. But I can stash that in my under-the-seat bag (a messenger-bag style computer bag that doubles as a roomy pocketbook.)
* Renting a house in Islington is surprisingly affordable--less than many very tiny London hotel rooms! Weirdly, though, a lot of English houses don't have tumble dryers. I passed on a lot of very nice houses that listed their amenities as including washers but no dryers.
those cargo pants look really neat, but when i look where the zipper to make shorts falls on the leg of the men's version compared to the women's, it make me want to wear the men's.
Do it! The pants don't care. Use the stuff that works best, not what someone tells you you should.
This covers most of what we do. I'd add:
Roll, don't fold—rolled clothes are less wrinkled and they pack tighter than folded (learned from my Navy vet grandmother).
Internal frame backpacks designed for carry-on specs rock—doubly so if they have an expansion zipper that lets you throw all your extra gear into the bag with the good back support when you're carrying it across town after you get off the plane.
Carbiners are you're friend, they let you clip extra stuff to the outside of you bag.
Oh, and we always backpack it because roller wheels on your bag just use up space that could be better used for gear.
2013-09-08 06:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, rolling is the big secret I've discovered. Amazing! Most of the benefits of the packing tension bags, without the weight and space of the bags.
What size cube should one use for the cat?
2013-09-08 06:56 pm (UTC)
That polyester thing is a non-starter, though; that stuff makes me sweat and stink amazingly.
You're thinking of the wrong type of polyester.This
will keep you cooler in the summer than any cotton shirt you have. Modern fabrics made by science! To the rescue! (Lone Ranger theme.)
When traveling, one thing I've found to be true is that however much clothing you're planning to bring, halve it; however much money, double it.
sage wisdom. i also catalog the stuff that i don't use and the stuff that's saved my rumpus.
During my deployment, I would use freezer bags which would hold one shirt, one pair of underwear and a pair of socks. after you pack it, you close it most of the way and then suck the air out manually. This compressed it to a very small size. Day one, pull out a bag; Day two repeat. This method fights the problem of 'expanding' clothes when packing to go home. Plus you could visually see how many days you had till you had to do laundry.
Plus if you are at one locatino and going to another and are worried you might get stuck or just have to stay overnight, one of these 'under-bags' could be tossed into your backback so while you may have to wear the same clothes, your undies are fresh.
(True the shirt used here was a t-shirt given I was wearing BDU's but the concept is still good considering how many of us wear t-type shirts all the time)